President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed his Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs/International Relations, Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, as the substantive Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).
According to a statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, on Wednesday, Abubakar, a retired career Foreign Affairs officer, had extensive experience working with the
United Nations in peace support operations, mediation process, preventive diplomacy and good offices, as well as the promotion of good governance and respect for the rule of law and human rights.
He also briefly served as Senior Adviser at the Multinational Joint Task Force, with headquarters in Ndjamena, Chad, before his appointment as SSAP.
Abubakar holds a B.A degree in French Language and Literature, and an M.A degree in Francophone Maghrebian Literature, both from Bayero University, Kano.
He is also fluent in English and Arabic. The appointment takes immediate effect.